The 10 unmissable Christmas events in Newcastle to get you feeling festive

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There’s still plenty of time to take part in all of Newcastle’s Christmas events

With the Christmas lights shining bright and snow falling, the festive season has truly arrived in Newcastle.

It's just three weeks until Father Christmas makes his way across the Tyneside skies and families come together to celebrate the holiday.

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Whilst the three-week warning might spark panic in some yet to buy their presents, there is still plenty of time to go and plenty of things to do before the big day.

Newcastle is a hive of activity at the moment with seasonal fun and games across the region.

Newcastle World looks at 10 unmissable Christmas events for 2021.

Fenwick Christmas Window

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Shaun the Sheep fills the Fenwick Christmas window this year | Newcastle World

Obviously, a stroll along the Fenwick Christmas Window is the first activity that springs to mind.

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It's the most obvious festive activity to do in Newcastle, but with good reason - the display never disappoints.

This year it's Shaun the Sheep themed and you can watch what visitors thought on opening day here.

Winter Wonderland at Newcastle Racecourse

You don't have to trek down to London to experience a Winter Wonderland in full force.

This year Newcastle Racecourse is hosting a Winter Wonderland event with ice skating and fairground rides.

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There's plenty of food and drink too with everything from Yorkshire Pudding Wraps to German Beer stands.

Winter Wonderland at South Shields’ Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

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The Winter Wonderland amusement park is coming to South Shields | PR

The Racecourse isn't the only Winter Wonderland on Tyneside either this Christmas.

The usual ice skating, more than 40 theme park rides and festive food and drink are all on offer.

Tynemouth Park Maze

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Tynemouth Park Christmas activities in 2020 (Image: Facebook @tynemouthpark) | Image: Facebook @tynemouthpark

This is a great one for the kids.

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The whole family can get some fresh air, burn off some chocolate-induced energy and stay festive at Tynemouth Park.

This Christmas the park is running a Winter Wonderland maze event with festive characters in attendance and all the usual attractions still open.

Catch a pantomime

Beauty and the Beast is running at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until January 19. For the first time ever pantomime Beauty and the Beast is at Newcastle Theatre Royal in an enchanting production for all the family, starring legendary Theatre Royal panto stars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward. Join them on a magical adventure to help the beautiful Belle on her quest to unleash the Beauty within the Beast. As with all Theatre Royal pantomimes, you can expect special effects and a few surprises along the way.Beauty and the Beast is running at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until January 19. For the first time ever pantomime Beauty and the Beast is at Newcastle Theatre Royal in an enchanting production for all the family, starring legendary Theatre Royal panto stars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward. Join them on a magical adventure to help the beautiful Belle on her quest to unleash the Beauty within the Beast. As with all Theatre Royal pantomimes, you can expect special effects and a few surprises along the way.
Beauty and the Beast is running at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until January 19. For the first time ever pantomime Beauty and the Beast is at Newcastle Theatre Royal in an enchanting production for all the family, starring legendary Theatre Royal panto stars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward. Join them on a magical adventure to help the beautiful Belle on her quest to unleash the Beauty within the Beast. As with all Theatre Royal pantomimes, you can expect special effects and a few surprises along the way. | Other 3rd Party

Once you've outgrown childhood, you're too old for a pantomime... oh, no you're not!

There's an array of pantomimes on across the region from Newcastle to Whitley Bay to Sunderland.

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It's always a great family day out and a chance to see recognisable TV faces in quirky roles - check out our rundown of panto events here.

Quayside Dinner Pods

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The Dining Society is back in Newcastle | Newcastel World

The glowing igloos that illuminate Quayside are back for this festive season.

You can take a group of up to ten people for a three-course meal in the sought-after pods, which benefit from a spectacular view of The Tyne and the city's bridges.

Each pod has its own heater, speaker system and WiFi too, you can find out more here.

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Visit the Grainger Market Santa's Grotto

Grainger Market is in the heart of the city (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Grainger Market is in the heart of the city (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Grainger Market is in the heart of the city (Image: Wikimedia Commons) | Wikimedia Commons

Father Christmas himself will be at Grainger Market this December.

The big man and his elves will set up a grotto in the market's famous halls.

Take the little ones down to put in the Christmas wishes.

Let loose at Bongo's Bingo

The chaos of Bongo's Bingo has become a mainstay in the Newcastle calendar all year round.

The hosts will be giving everything a Christmas touch this winter with four special festive events.

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They tease "a wild mix of traditional bingo infused with hands-in-the-air music, raucous dancing and crowd Karaoke", and Atomic Kitten will even be present at two events.

Christmas Jesmond Dene Food Market

Some of the North East's best food and drink producers will be in attendance at the Christmas Jesmond Dene Food Market.

Expect festive flavourings galore to take over Armstrong Bridge on Saturday, December 4 and Saturday, December 18.

Head over for a carb load-up before breaking the back of your Christmas shopping.

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Try some local bakeries' goods

Sink your teeth into these festive bakes from independent retailers in NewcastleSink your teeth into these festive bakes from independent retailers in Newcastle
Sink your teeth into these festive bakes from independent retailers in Newcastle | Pink Lane / Lily Tree Bakery

Every year all eyes turn to the Greggs' Festive Bake, especially in its homeland of Newcastle.

Christmas is the time for baked treats after all, but it's also a great chance to shop independent.

Check out these local bakers who are serving up festive goodies in December.

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